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Worship at the Center

This coming January/February, you have the opportunity to attend “Worship at the Center: Journey from Ash Wednesday to Easter.” During these days, we will worship using the services for Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Vigil of Easter, and join in reflection, study, and discussion of the cross and empty tomb, baptism and …

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ELCA Stewardnet – Fall 2017

Dear friend in Christ, I’m puzzled and disappointed that in the midst of so much hurt in our world, the self-improvement industry continues to grow while more people are concluding that the church isn’t relevant to their lives. Did you know that in the United States our suicide rate is at a 30-year high (45,000 …

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Lutheran Men in Mission October Newsletter

The newest Foundations Newsletter is now online  Link To Newsletter Recapture the excitement of the Bold Gathering, learn what participants heard and experienced The cover story is written by Vic Williams entitled, The Beauty of Being Bold. The 2017 Gathering: Many paths to God’s grace. We are very appreciative of Vic sharing his editing skills with us …

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GiftLegacy eNewsletter November 11, 2017

PERSONAL PLANNER Ten Reasons to Update Your Estate Plan You have completed a will and perhaps a revocable living trust. Your durable power of attorney for healthcare and a living will are accompanied by a HIPAA release. Read More   SAVVY LIVING Social Security Options for Divorced Spouses As a divorced woman, am I entitled to …

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Advocacy Update – November 2017

Today, we present our ELCA Advocacy Update for the month of November. Please read below for important information on ELCA Advocacy efforts in Washington, across the country and throughout the world. To read the full version of the update and for more information on advocacy efforts from our Lutheran State Advocacy offices, visit our blog! ELCA …

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Living in a broken world – Presiding Bishop Eaton

Living in a broken world. We hear about natural disasters and shootings, and we try to make sense out of the incomprehensible. In her November column for Living Lutheran, Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton says the joy found in Jesus allows us to live in hope and believe in life amid despair and death. Read her column in English at http://bit.ly/2inJWaA or in Spanish at http://bit.ly/2h7w1ZA.

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Living Lutheran Stories – October 31, 2017

Watch the Reformation Sunday Worship service In commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, the Metropolitan Washington, D.C. Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is sponsoring the Reformation Sunday Worship … continue     Bishop Eaton to preach at Notre Dame Reformation service In commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, a service …

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LL Stories – October 24, 2017

Liberated by grace, encouraged by sisterhood The bells of All Saints’ Church—known as Castle Church—in Wittenberg, Germany, ring out as dozens of churchgoers file into its neo-Gothic sanctuary. Reformation pilgrims from across the globe … continue What Hurricane Maria gave to us This reflection was originally shared on the ELCA Racial Justice blog.  The title of …

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Living Lutheran Stories – October 17, 2017

Daughter of the Reformation Mary Helene Rasmussen Jackson has been researching and writing about Katharina von Bora’s life for more than 30 years. A four-part monologue about von Bora that Jackson continuously developed and … continue   30 more ways the Reformation still impacts ELCA leaders Although we concluded Living Lutheran’s Reformation 500 series—exploring 500 unique …

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ELCA Global Links – October 2017

‘Liberated by grace, encouraged by sisterhood’ As part of the ELCA International Women Leaders initiative, 22 women from nine nations came together this July in Wittenberg, Germany, to study and reflect on women in the Reformation. Read about their experience learning from the past and each other in October’s edition of Living Lutheran.   ‘Ni ubuntu…it is …

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Living Lutheran Stories – October 10, 2017

Perspective: On prayers for Las Vegas—and for the U.S. Our neighbors’ blood cries to us from the ground once again. The recurring nightmare is all too familiar: a man filled with hatred perpetrates a mass shooting. Like Columbine, Virginia Tech, … continue   One paws-itively holy hound ELCA pastor Denise Gundersen was at a church meeting …

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Living Lutheran Stories October 3, 2017

  Reformation 500: 50 ways the Reformation still impacts pastors As we commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, Living Lutheran is exploring 500 of its unique aspects, concluding the series this month with 50 ways the Reformation still … continue           Matthew lectionary series: Crumbs from the table In part three, we noted three of the five women listed in …

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Advocacy Update – October 2017

Today, we present our ELCA Advocacy Update for the month of October. Please read below for important information on ELCA Advocacy efforts in Washington, across the country and throughout the world. To read the full version of the update and for more information on advocacy efforts from our Lutheran State Advocacy offices, visit our blog! ELCA Advocacy, …

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Portico 2017 Live Well Challenge Deadline November 30

Earn up to $400 wellness dollars for ELCA-Primary members and spouses Register & Complete Your Health Assessment by November 30 (new extended deadline): Earn $100 Each Save or Implement a Retirement Plan With Your Spouse by November 30: Earn $200 Each Report Your Healthy Change by November 30: Earn $100 each For more information go to MyPortico …

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Oct. 32 and beyond

Oct. 32 and beyond. With the 500th anniversary, it’s been “All Reformation All the Time.” But Reformation Day is over—now what? In her October column for Living Lutheran, Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton reminds us that in Christ we are set free for loving and serving others—so let us now live in that freedom. Read her column in English at http://bit.ly/2fILKdh or in Spanish at http://bit.ly/2xPgofU.

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ELCA resources for responding to violence

“Las Vegas. There are no words. Just prayers, lament…and the witness of love and life in Jesus Christ. Lord have mercy,” tweeted ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton the morning of Oct. 2, when the world learned of the tragic mass shooting in Las Vegas. As we reflect on how to respond, the ELCA has a range of …

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Living Lutheran Stories – September 26, 2017

ELCA staff, partners report Maria devastation Less than two weeks after Hurricane Irma rocked the Caribbean islands and the U.S. Atlantic Coast, Hurricane Maria tore through a similar path over the last two days. Many small Caribbean islands … continue     A hands-on first communion Fourth- and fifth-graders at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Olympia, …

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Portico Annual Enrollment

During Annual Enrollment each year, Portico asks you to consider your ELCA benefits and what you’ll need to live well in the coming year. Because we don’t want anyone to miss important opportunities, we require every sponsored plan member to review and elect 2018 benefits. Get Ready: Sept. 11 – Oct. 29 Use this time …

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Lutheran Disaster Response

Lutheran Disaster Response brings God’s hope, healing and renewal to people whose lives have been disrupted by disasters in the United States and around the world. When the dust settles and the headlines change, we stay to provide ongoing assistance to those in need. Learn more. Where Lutherans are responding: Hurricanes Irma and Maria Relief Hurricane …

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Living Lutheran Stories – September 12, 2017

ELCA responds to hurricanes Harvey, Irma Just as Hurricane Harvey long-term recovery efforts begin in Texas and Louisiana, Hurricane Irma threatens devastation as it moves toward Florida and the Carolinas. But even before the storms hit, … continue Recipes from the heart For many Lutherans, food and faith are inextricably linked. We gather for a funeral—and …

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How is God Calling You Into the World?

Have you ever wondered about Public Ministry? Or Seminary? Or both? Come visit the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and find out for yourself what life is like as a seminarian! LSTC has two events this Fall: Seminary Sampler, Sunday, October 22 through Tuesday, October, 24, and Seminary Sampler Night, Tuesday, November 14. Come meet current …

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Youth Gathering News – September 2017

Houston As the sun starts to shine again in the Houston area, people, businesses and churches start the initial wonderings and workings of thinking what’s next. Many of you have asked questions and shown concern about Houston and the Gathering. Here’s what we know now: The 2018 Gathering is on! Registration opens Sept. 15. The …

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Floods, Fires, and Hurricanes

SEPTEMBER 7, 2017 — THE REV. DR. JOELLE COLVILLE-HANSON Floods, Fires, and Hurricanes The earth and her creatures are besieged by storms and fire in our own country and around the world.  Those who are dealing with disasters directly are overwhelmed either with preparing for coming storms or fires, or cleaning up and recovering from storms and …

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ELCA congregations impacted by Hurricane Harvey

By Michael Rinehart- September 1, 2017 – original post https://www.livinglutheran.org/2017/09/elca-congregations-impacted-by-hurricane-harvey/ Editor’s note: Hurricane Harvey hit the Gulf Coast of the United States on Aug. 26, 2017, threatening millions of people with multiple days of heavy rain, winds and rising tides. Lutheran Disaster Response’s affiliate is active on the ground, collaborating with community leaders and officials to initiate the proper responses, …

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ELCA Advocacy – DACA alert

As ELCA Lutherans, we stand with our partner, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS), in support of young immigrants who came to the U.S. as children. These young Americans, also known as Dreamers, were protected from deportation through the Deferred Acton for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program. The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the …

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ELCA presiding bishop responds to DACA announcement

ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton has issued a statement in response to today’s announcement on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Read the statement below or at: http://elca.org/News-and-Events/7898 Download the statement (English):http://bit.ly/2eBFJyx Download the statement (Spanish):http://bit.ly/2w6XITF 9/5/2017 10:45:00 AM CHICAGO (Sept. 4, 2017) – The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical …

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Living Lutheran Stories – September 5, 2017

ELCA congregations impacted by Hurricane Harvey Editor’s note: Hurricane Harvey hit the Gulf Coast of the United States on Aug. 26, 2017, threatening millions of people with multiple days of heavy rain, winds and rising tides. Lutheran Disaster … continue Peace Lutheran hosts first Vacation Culture School Ever wished to explore the other religious groups in …

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Living Lutheran Stories – August 29, 2017

ELCA on gender identity discrimination With Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, the ELCA issued the following statement on gender identity discrimination: In light of recent public events and conversation, it is important to remember … continue What it feels like being an anxious churchgoer I grew up going to a Lutheran church several times a week, …

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Hurricane Harvey – What You Can Do

The situation: Please stand by our neighbors as we begin the long road to recovering from Hurricane Harvey, one of the most catastrophic storms to hit the country in more than a decade. Our response:  Lutheran Disaster Response’s affiliate is actively present, collaborating with community leaders and officials to initiate the proper responses, particularly the …

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Seeds Monthly – August 2017

Bishop Eaton’s Leadership Initiative ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton reminds us, “It’s not only the job of our seminaries and universities to identify and raise up leaders in the church. This is something that belongs to all of us.” The Leadership Initiative encourages all of us to seek out and inspire gifted people in our congregations and communities …

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Living Lutheran Stories – August 22, 2017

Growing faith Over the course of my life, it has become easier for me to trust God. My faith has not grown because I’m exceptional, but simply because I have more experiences from which to draw. With more times … continue   When banking becomes a ministry “O, prosper the work of our hands.” Psalm 90:17 …

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Resourceful Servants

A message from Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton: We often speak of the many dimensions of wellness in our lives – spiritual, intellectual, emotional, social and physical, for instance. Financial well-being is another vital component in our endeavor to live well. The ELCA will focus on this concept in the months and years ahead as we take the …

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Living Lutheran Stories 8-15-2017

August 15, 2017 Reformation 500: 50 things Luther taught that you may not know As we commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, Living Lutheran is exploring 500 of its unique aspects, continuing the series this month with 50 Reformation things you may not know about … continue   Children-in-worship series: More than kids’ bulletins Children …

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Living Lutheran Stories 8-8-2017

August 8, 2017 Perspective: A bigger table in a divisive era On July 26, the Trump administration filed an amicus brief stating that the provisions under Title VII (which dates back to 1964) do not refer to people in the LGBTQIA community. According to the … continue A new sense of purpose The Rev.  Jackie Utley …

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Living Lutheran Stories 8-1-2017

Children in worship series: Everyone can serve More than attendance The purpose of including and encouraging children in church—as well as their parents—is not to “improve our numbers.” It’s to get the gospel into the marrow of their … continue Reformation 500: 50 things Luther taught that you may not know As we commemorate the 500th …

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Invite Students to Campus Ministry

When college students you know head to campus, you can help introduce them to Lutheran Campus Ministry. Use this link to share contact info with Lutheran Campus Ministry most anywhere!  Click here.   You will find an online form that you can use to send student names and contact information to the ministry or congregation closest to …

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Advocacy Update – August 2017

Today, we present our ELCA Advocacy Update for the month of August. Please read below for important information on ELCA Advocacy efforts in Washington, across the country and throughout the world. To read the full version of the update and for more information on advocacy efforts from our Lutheran State Advocacy offices, visit our blog! ELCA Advocacy, …

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A message from the Presiding Bishop

July 26, 2017 Throughout the debate on the effort to “repeal or repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act, Lutherans have joined me in calling on their members of Congress to improve access to health care. “We of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America have an enduring commitment to work for and support health care …

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Looking Back & Called Forward: ELCA 500 (Washington, D.C.)

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Event Date: Tue, October 31, 2017 Event Time: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm Location: Lutheran Church of the Reformation, Washington, D.C. (View on Map) Affiliation: Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Please plan to join ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton on Tuesday, Oct. 31, as she co-hosts a commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.

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Get 20 free books on the Reformation for your church!

Prepare for the fast-approaching 500th anniversary of the Reformation Get 20 free books on the Reformation for your church! Host a Reformation 500 Bookstore at your church this fall and introduce your congregation to engaging and affordable resources on the Reformation while growing your church library! The Fall 2017 Bookstore features some newly included titles like Martin Luther’s Table Talk, Luther’s Prayers, and …

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News from 1517 Media

Dear Partner in Ministry, Exactly one year ago today, we sent you a letter describing some of the exciting things happening through this ministry of publishing. We shared with you our new “umbrella” name, 1517 Media, reflecting our roots in the Reformation along with our future-oriented creation of resources using a wide variety of traditional …

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Refugees Need Your Voice

As Lutherans, we are proud to stand with our partner, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS), in supporting a strong U.S. refugee resettlement program. Please take a moment to read the following message from Javier Cuevas, LIRS Director for Advocacy, and learn how you can take action today. For more information on LIRS’ efforts to …

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